Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


December 27, 2012

All Those Years Ago


50 Years Ago Dec. 27, 1962

Town Manager Thomas E. Duff came within an inch of making all his predictions for 1962 come true. In reviewing the year, it’s interesting to note that the town manager listed six major projects for the year just ending: industrial development, urban renewal, Rogers Brook reconstruction, refuse and garbage disposal, expansion of recreation areas, planning for public building and construction.

Conflict of interest—a subject that has plagued many town boards already—came home to School Committee members last week. Town Counsel Fredric S. O’Brien reviewed the law once again and pointed out various situations in which members might find themselves in difficulties.

The 48-hour week—long a major goal of local firefighters—is the subject of a vigorous campaign this year.

Merchants will be told tonight whether they can afford to be for urban renewal. A full-fledged meeting has been called for 7:15 at the library, to go over all of the financial aspects of the vast undertaking.

25 Years Ago Dec. 23, 1987

From the start, the School Committee has sunk its teeth into the problem of handling overcrowded conditions in the Andover school system, now and in the future, and tried to worry the issue down to its essentials. What has parents worried is the suddenness which they say school officials sprang a plan to relieve rising student-teacher ratios and shrinking classroom facilities by rearranging the school system.

State Sen. Patricia McGovern, in conjunction with the Executive Office of Communities and Development, announces a $673,727 grant to Andover to repair and update housing authority property.

The town clerk’s office has mailed out the 1988 census forms and an early reply will be appreciated by the department in view of the busy election year coming up.

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